Is the Brookline Condo Market Bulletproof?

David Bates / October 10, 2013-11:35 am

S.S. Pierce building or Fortress of Solitude? You be the judge.

S.S. Pierce building or Fortress of Solitude? You be the judge.

Is the Brookline condominium market bulletproof? As a local real estate broker and long- time resident of Coolidge Corner, I wonder. You might wonder too if you consider the following occurrences.

After real estate Armageddon occurred in the fall of 2008, the median price of Brookline condominiums in 2009 went up, not down, rising from $440K to $455K. In 2009, Brookline also sold 32 million dollar condos, far above the 21 it had been averaging over the previous four years.

In 2010, Brookline’s median condominium sale price appreciated again, this time to $468K.And in 2011, a time when one out of every seven Massachusetts condominium sales  was either a short-sale or lender owned (my analysis of MLS data), only one out of every 78 Brookline condo, sales were in similar states of distress. That year Brookline’s median condo sale price, of course, rose once again, this time to $490K.

In 2012, consumer confidence went up and so did the Brookline’s median condo price and sales transactions counts. The median condo sale price topped $500K and about 25% of Brookline’s  condos sold in less than seven days of market time.

In the first nine months of 2013, nearly 63% of Brookline condo sales went for more than the asking price, 10 condo  sales garnered offers at least $100K over-ask, and one , 64 Parkman #3, took an offer that was $215,593 over-ask. For the fifth year in a row the town’s median sales price went up, this time topping $542K. And although only nine months of the year have gone by, Brookline has already has 47 million dollar condo sales.

Looking a t these numbers, however, makes me think that maybe the Brookline condominium market isn’t just bullet proof, maybe it has real estate super powers too. LOL.

(Join me October 17 for Inside the Condominium Market)